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Drink it for the ‘Gram

by Helena Jose

Mixologists know for sure how to attract the crowd, nowadays not only the flavors attract, but also the design, glass, ice, garnishes, and effects are taking into consideration when creating a cocktail menu, take a look a the most instagrammables cocktails in Miami.

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Cocktail: To Bee or Not to Bee Cocktail by Thomas Thoshino 

Price: $19 

Salvaje, Miami 

Details: The “To Bee or Not to Bee” is a cocktail that is trying to get the attention of all consumers with driver tropical profile tasting buds. The tropical influence of the Brugal 1888 rum & guava reflects the tropical vibes where Brugal 1888 is made, highlighting the importance of Caribbean flavors and its own popularity in Miami’s market. It is a beautiful fruity drink, accessible to everyone where presentation also appeals and satisfies the sight needs.  

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Cocktail: DropMe Lemon Drop 

Price: $18 

Ambersweet at The Confidante Miami Beach  

The DropMe Lemon Drop is Ambersweet’s playful take on the classic lemon drop martini. The cocktail is served inside an ice sphere with a hammer with lemon-infused vodka, crafted Triple Sec, Lemon Juice, and Sugar. Making for a good Instagram moment, guests must crack open the ice sphere with a hammer to enjoy. Ambersweet is mid-beach’s newest dining destination at The Confidante Miami Beach.  

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Cocktail: Spice Market 

Price: $21


MILA Miami
 

Details: Akin to a premium rum punch, the Spice Market is made from Plantation three-star rum and Plantation original dark rum, mixed with complimentary sweet, spicy, and sour flavors: charred banana, Orgeat (a nutty floral syrup), aromatic spices, and lime. This blush-colored cocktail is topped with smoked banana foam and garnished with a pink peony. 

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Cocktail:  The Purple Reign by Wil Estrada

Price: $16 

Swan, Miami 

Details: Refreshing, pairs perfect for Brunch, sweet notes of Lavender and Yuzu, Avion silver tequila, shōchū, butterfly pea, Domaine de Canton.

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Cocktail:  Champagne Candy cloud

Little Hen, Midtown Miami  

Details: Little Hen has become one of the favorite brunch spots to take amazing photos. Make it memorable by adding this Rose petals, cotton candy, and Champagne Pommery Cocktail.

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Cocktail: Sake Juicebox  

Buya Miami 

This cocktail will bring you back to your younger years. This childhood favorite has an adult spin to it as it is filled with premium sake! The very instagrammable drink is perfect to enjoy with your friends at happy hour or a fun addition to a dinner date! 

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Cocktail:  Mykonos

Price: $16

Estiatorio Ornos 

Hence its name, the Mykonos is as refreshing as a Greek island breeze. Spiked with Hendrick’s gin, Mastiha, and Aperol, the coral-colored drink is mixed with fresh flavors of lemon and adorned with a ribbon of cucumber.   

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Marco Balza - Bar Market

 Born and raised in Venezuela, Marco Balza goes all the way back to 2006 when he was still living in Caracas and he had his first Bartender experience. “My friends and I had a party called ‘El Guarapazo’, we used to rent the party halls from the buildings and charged a cover for All you can drink ‘Guarapitas’, with DJs and security included, we even had a logo” remembers Marco about his beginnings.

Moving to Miami was not in his plans, but on a change of heart, he drops his Automotive Mechanic studies to start working in the Hospitality Industry. He started at the Hilton Hotel in a service bar inside the kitchen, then as a barback in a night club, and 13 years later, he recently opened his own consulting company. Bar Market. with an organic sense of sustainability, the consulting company is dedicated to delivering freshness and rich flavors in its products as well as the compromise to build top of the league Bar staff.

When do your love for Mixology started?

My parents had a little dispense in the kitchen with all the liquors. I remember there was a small book called “El ABC de los cócteles” I really like that book, it was the first time mixology caught my attention. When I started bartending in Miami, I wanted to create new cocktails, but since I was working in a nightclub, I started flipping bottles and don’t get me wrong, I loved it, I just wanted to learn more about the art of mixing drinks. I joined USBG around 2011 and from the first seminars I knew I’ve found my passion.

You just started your own business, tell us about Bar Market

Bar Market is a consulting company that looks forward to changing the Bar scene, making every bartender shine on stage every shift. I’m looking forward to improving Miami Bartender’s service by providing great staff training. I started this company after realizing I was working like a Robot all the time, even taking double shifts. It wasn’t making me happy.  I decided to get out of my comfort zone and give it a shot. 

My latest venture is the creation of a super organic handcrafted line of mixers for cocktails with super fresh, natural ingredients and no preservatives. I use the herbs from my own garden and they’ll be sell by pre-order only, in 25oz batches. At the moment I’m offering Mojito, Pina Coladas, Daiquiri, Old Fashion and Fit Spritz (low sugar) 

Bar Market will bring more exciting news to everyone in the industry or for those bar and kitchen aficionados, unfortunately, it is secret at the moment. I mean it. Stay tuned.

What do you love the most as a consultant? Is it the creation or education?

The satisfaction when I see the progress in each bartender, server, manager, or each person I’m training. I will say creation and training go hand by hand, you can create a masterpiece but, if the bartenders as ambassadors of your cocktails can’t replicate it, your job is pointless, with the right training, those bartenders will be artist, Ninjas, and stars behind the bar.

Do you have any favorite spirits when creating specialty cocktails?

I like all spirits on a menu, but for making cocktails my top 3:

  • N1. Gin
  • N2. Rum 
  • N3. Mezcal 

Is there any style that can represent you o a signature essence?

Life needs a balance, art needs a balance. you have to take care every single detail to make a great cocktail, but in my personal opinion flavor is most important, presentation it is very important too because is the hook that catches just by looking at it, but if the cocktail doesn’t taste good, is just a sad waste of juice. 

 What should be in a perfect cocktail menu?

  • Variety. Even if it is a Tequila or Rum bar, variety is the key.
  • Every cocktail menu should be seasonal.
  • Classics are the blueprints for new cocktails, if you don’t have a Classic list on the menu, every bartender should know how to make then perfectly, at least the most popular. It is unacceptable for a bartender to shake a Negroni (it burned my eyes. True story).
  • Every bar should have a famous signature cocktail, the one that every customer wants to try.

If Miami were a cocktail, what would be the ingredients? and how would you call it?

“Miamian Tales” 

Definitely Rum, Miami is a mix of a lot of rum countries. Lime, Mango because we are from the Caribe, Jalapeños because the people in Miami are Hot & Spicy and champagne as Miami Beach sparks through the night.

 Tell us your most memorable experience working as a Bartender?

Working at the Miami Rum Renaissance, and the Hukilau in Ft Lauderdale, All day talking about Rum, making cocktails and having fun.

 What’s next in your journey?

Keep doing my thing growing with Bar Market, working hard opening a Bartending Academy.  Trying to leave a mark in this life.

What’s the best way to contact you?

you can email at barmarketllc@gmail.com and follow me on Instagram at @Barmaket_ @Macoeche

You can email Marco or DM him to order the pre-batched Mixers starting at $25 per Botlle (25oz) or 2 for $40. When you buy 5 bottles you’ll get a green gift. If you return 5 bottles to support recycling, you’ll get a free bottle in your next purchase. Let’s support #smallbusiness #shoplocal

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Planas Martini - Diplomatico Rum

Photo and Recipe by Diplomatico Rum

50 ml Diplomático Planas
10 ml White Vermouth
2,5 ml Palo Cortado sherry

Glass: Coupe

Ice: Served straight up

Method: Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and refresh using a spoon. Filter and serve.

Garnish: an olive.

The Martini came on to the scene in the 1860s, although its exact origins are still unclear. In 1863, an Italian vermouth maker began using the brand name Martini for its product, after its director Alessandro Martini. That same brand name may be the source of the famous cocktail’s name.

Another version is that it was an evolution of the earlier, sweeter, Fancy Gin cocktail. Originally made with gin and vermouth, it presents an intriguing concoction when prepared with Planas.

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